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Tatacoita is a cozy little corner of mother nature about two hours from Bogotá. Nothing grand or breathtaking but pretty. If combined with lunch in Cogua, capital of the piquete grill plate, it’s worth the day trip.

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The entrance doesn’t reveal much of what is to be found down in the canyon. The land owner takes 5000 pesos (2 USD) for access, parking included.

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The place’s nickname Tatacoita comes from the similarity with the Tatacoa desert further south. And it looks quite much like. It’s just smaller. And a wonderful difference is that the average temperature here is 15 degrees Celcius in comparison with the 35 in Tatacoa, Huila.

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It’s also a bit greener.

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Prepare to get sandy, bring warm clothes and don’t forget the picnic basket. There is nothing to buy or eat anywhere near. It was quite easy to find the way with google maps and there is internet and phone signal in this area. The Waze app was nothing to trust though, it suggested roads that wouldn’t have been passable without a 4×4 car. Don’t trust the information that it takes only hour to get here either. Count on 2-2,5 h on a weekend when the traffic jam of the Northern exit of Bogotá is heavy.

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After the visit, set the gps on Cogua half an hour away and ask the villagers for the best piqueteadero in town. In the unlikely event that you’re able to eat more after this, they have merengón desserts too.

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